Category Archives: Articles Middle East

Het stille leed van de Yezidi-vrouwen

‘Niemand hier heeft haar man nog. We zijn helemaal alleen’ DUHOK– Duizenden Yezidi-vrouwen werden het afgelopen jaar door Islamitische Staat (IS) tot slaaf gemaakt en verkracht. Een deel wist te ontsnappen. Zij keerden terug naar Noord-Irak: ziek, gebroken en ernstig … Continue reading

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After mass rape by the Islamic State, Yazidi women still struggle to break the silence

Written for Al-Monitor on September 9, 2015 DAHUK, Iraq — The first man Aniya was forced to marry was an Islamic State militant called Abu Safouan. She was 41 and he was 22, but still he bought her and her 3-year-old daughter … Continue reading

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Kurdish fighters struggle to pay bills

Written for Al-Monitor on August 24, 2015 ERBIL, Iraq — When Hemin Zangana was sent to the front line in August 2014, he and his fellow peshmerga fighters were determined to recapture the Mosul Dam from the Islamic State. They told each … Continue reading

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Iraqi children traumatized by IS violence

Written for Al-Monitor on August 16, 2015 ERBIL, Iraq — Mohammed was 5 years old when August 16, 2015his little brother was shot dead before his eyes. This happened in June 2014 when Islamic State (IS) militants stormed the city of … Continue reading

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Terrorists turn month of peace into time for war

Written for Al-Monitor on July 14, 2015 For most Muslims around the world, the month of Ramadan marks a period of fasting, abstinence and contemplation. Besides a month for spirituality and reflection, Ramadan is also a month in which extra attention is … Continue reading

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Deel 1: Vrouwen in het kalifaat ‘Mama, ik ga’

Geschreven voor De Groene Amsterdammer (november 2014) Naar schatting 35 tot 50 jonge Nederlandse vrouwen zijn vertrokken naar het kalifaat van Islamitische Staat. Moeder Monique vond vorige week dochter Aïcha terug aan de Turks-Syrische grens. ‘Ik had niet verwacht dat … Continue reading

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Radicalized Western mothers lead children into Islamic State

Written for Al-Monitor on April, 13, 2015 AMSTERDAM — For Aysha and Luca Opdam’s father, it is still hard to accept that his children, born and raised in the Netherlands, are now living in Syria. In a letter, he describes how his ex-wife … Continue reading

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Grandmothers bear the brunt of Syrian orphan crisis

Written for Al-Monitor on March, 20, 2015 ZAATARI, Jordan — It has been years since Da’ed and her family fled Syria, but when her granddaughter asks where her mother and father are, the 60-year-old woman cannot find the right words to … Continue reading

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Financial burden, risk of violence pressure Syrian girls to marry

Written for Al-Monitor on March, 17, 2015 MAFRAQ, Jordan — Her first husband was a 46-year-old man from Saudi Arabia who already had two wives. Once every few months, he traveled to Jordan for business, and during these visits he would talk to Fatima’s aunt … Continue reading

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Iraqi Christians find safe haven in Jordan’s churches

Written for Al-Monitor on March, 20, 2015 AMMAN, Jordan — His teenage daughter being married to an Islamic State (IS) fighter, his wife being forced to convert to Islam and his sons being trained by militants in the Islamic State’s … Continue reading

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‘Christenen zijn nergens meer veilig’

Geschreven voor De Tijd op 10 maart, 2015 AMMAN- Door de opmars van Islamitische Staat vluchten christenen massaal uit Irak. In de Jordaanse hoofdstad Amman worden ze in kerken opgevangen, maar ook daar willen ze weg. ‘Er is geen plek … Continue reading

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Islamic State’s female bloggers draw European women to Syria

Written for Al Monitor on December 23, 2014 AMSTERDAM — When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in June, he called on Muslims around the world to be a part of it. The invitation extended to preachers, engineers, judges, doctors and people with military … Continue reading

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European women convert, join IS

Written for Al Monitor on October 29, 2014 AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — Vanessa, 19, was always a rebellious and spontaneous teen. Someone who liked being the center of attention and didn’t let anybody tell her what to do. After she became a … Continue reading

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Het leven zoals het is: Islamitische Staat

Geschreven voor De Tijd op 27 september 2014 Zweepslagen als vrouwen hun niqaab niet goed dragen, kinderen die geleerd worden poppen te onthoofden, nooit meer poëzie of kunst op school. Dit is het leven onder Islamitische Staat. Wie een indruk … Continue reading

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